Does Adultery Have an Impact on the Outcome of a Divorce?

If you are someone who is currently going through the divorce process or you are about to, you most likely have several questions on your mind. This may be especially true if your spouse committed an act of adultery. Of course, if your spouse committed an act of adultery and you believe that your spouse is at fault for your divorce, it is only natural that you would consider mentioning his or her infidelity in a courtroom setting. That said, in many cases, this simply isn’t the best idea. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Los Angeles divorce attorneys to learn more about how adultery can impact the outcome of divorce and the steps you should take going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have going forward:

Should I say that my spouse committed adultery during our divorce?

If your spouse committed adultery and you now want a divorce, you are probably considering mentioning this during your divorce proceedings. After all, had your spouse not cheated, you would not be getting divorced. That said, though adultery is a valid fault ground that you may cite, the unfortunate reality is that citing fault grounds almost always makes a divorce more involved, often resulting in more time and money spent on the divorce itself. Further, citing fault grounds seldom impacts the outcome of a divorce.

How can adultery impact the outcome of a divorce?

Though generally, adultery will not impact the outcome of a divorce, there are certain circumstances where it may. For example, if you cite adultery as a fault ground and you can prove that while committing the act of adultery, your spouse endangered your child in some way, it may impact child custody terms. Additionally, if you can prove that your spouse squandered marital assets in the course of having an affair, it may impact alimony terms. Of course, this is certainly not a one-size-fits-all matter, and if you believe your spouse is guilty of adultery, it is critical that you speak with a competent divorce attorney as soon as you can to learn more about your legal options going forward and whether it is worth citing fault grounds. For any further questions, give us a call today.

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Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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